Yes its time again for the AB Friday special edition, One Photo Focus where we all edit the same image in our own unique and special way.
Stacy Fisher hosts this over at Visual Venturing and this is only my second entry in the AB style challenges. With thanks to Manal Ali for supplying this months image.
I found this image intensely challenging, below is the original image after I had edited it and straightened it in LR. My PS skills were not up to dealing with all the tree branches and after some thought I decided to embrace the After Before concept completely in my image.
Post Processing Steps:
1. Import original raw file into LR, adjust WB to Shady, apply perspective straightening (the auto function is all it needed in LR, its fantastic), vivid preset to improve colour and a bit of twiddling
2. Open up in PS, and select all the tree except for the top branch and the light pole and buildings on the left and remove all that section. Select what was remaining and paste to a new layer as a separate selection and remove original layer
3. Try a few old street building images til I found one I liked, flip it for a better fit and adjust to fit. Mask new building to the foreground.
OK at this point I completely lost the plot and spent about an hour fluffing around trying to do different things with selections and masks that I had no idea what I was doing LOL.
4. Stick with original concept and bring in the Ghost Matter texture for the old building part, blend with Difference overlay mode at 61%
5. Add in All Hell Breaks Loose layer over the top of everything, blended with Multiply mode at 58% and mask out the new building part to retain colour intensity (made it a bit dark)
I confess the white patches in this layer helped hide my not fantastic job at selecting some parts of the image properly 🙂
6. Add in a Brightness and Contrast adj layer to increase both a bit
My concept for this image was to embrace the After Before concept, where we have the After modern day image all bright and crisp and colourful, and the Before image all faded and damaged, but superimposed as if you could stand there and see both as they had been.
This really stretched my very new and limited PS skills, and isn’t as tidy as I would like and there were things I just couldn’t figure out how to do like a gradient blend of a mask etc. Doing selections was really difficult as I had never tried that before and it was very fiddly!
All comments, tips, tricks and feedback welcome.